Video and a short report about actions against gentrification in Berlin and Wuppertal, Germany.
Dozens of students, faculty and community members protested the attempted land grab of Laney College land by A’s billionaire owner John Fisher. Students, community members, faculty members and community members rallied at the Peralta Community College board meeting and spoke out against privatization of the Laney land.
On September 9 there will be a demonstration in Berlin under the slogan: “To whom does the city belong? Standing together in solidarity against high rents & evictions! – For a grassroots city!” The demonstration at September 9 will start at 02:00pm (14:00) at Oranienplatz in Berlin. On September 8 there will be a decentralizef day of action.
Riot cops are patrolling around the squatted Teppich Fabrik (Carpet factory) in the Friedrichshain district in Berlin. A spokesperson of the cops told German daily that they want to prevent that supporters come to the squat. In Rigaer Strasse tension is high after authorities allowed to block the street for the coming 18 months for another gentrification project.
As rising housing prices push more of us into difficult situations here in Hamilton, it can be hard to find inspiration for how to fight back against gentrification. But just down the 401, anarchists in Montreal have been developing a practice of direct action against businesses involved in gentrifying their neighbourhoods over the past several years. Focused on Hochelaga in the east and Saint-Henri in the south-west, a variety of strategies have emerged that share a common goal of making the territory inhospitable for businesses that try to attract a rich clientele to working-class areas.